In Northern Finland, the capital of Lapland is a bustling city holding the largest population near the Arctic Circle.
Rovaniemi has a modern feel to it but still holds a strong connection to nature – not surprising when you have the possibility of seeing the Northern Lights in the skies above!
Whilst the city is of interest, it is the wilderness surrounding Rovaniemi which is the draw for us as it offers some exceptional Northern Lights viewing opportunities. Both the Apukka Aurora Borealis Resort and the Arctic Circle Wilderness Lodge are just a short drive away from the airport and sit in dark skies providing prime Aurora territory. From snowmobiles to Snowtrains, our Northern Lights holidays are packed full of innovative ways for you to have the best chance of seeing the display. What’s more, our local experts are on hand to take you to the best locations as well as explain the science behind the spectacular show, and help you with your camera settings to capture the moment for yourself.
If nature’s famous light show wasn’t enough to entice you here then perhaps Rovaniemi’s best-known resident will. Head just 8km north of the city and you’ll enter Santa Claus Village and get to meet the man himself.
Inspired by our own travel experiences here and working alongside local guides, we’ve created a range of Aurora hunting holidays in this special part of the world.
Rovaniemi is a gateway to the enigmatic Arctic and there are plenty of opportunities for you to cross the Arctic Circle line around the city.
Most will agree that snow gives everything a dusting of enchantment and as Rovaniemi enjoys a covering for around 6 months of the year, you can imagine what a winter wonderland this city truly becomes and why it’s the official hometown of Santa Claus.
From Ice Cabins to ice bars, the people here certainly know how to make the most of the materials around them. Don’t worry though, there are plenty of places to keep warm!
To really get into the spirit of the location, you can spend a night in an Ice Cabin. Though it may not sound like it, you’ll be kept warm with plenty of thermal bedding, and the silence and fresh air from these incredible structures make for an unforgettable night.
Guests can also choose to upgrade to one of the resort’s Aurora Cabins where you can gaze up at the sky through the panoramic glass roof.
The Aurora Zone was born from a desire to share Mother Nature’s greatest wonder with our clients. We’ve explored the destinations, researched the science, and fallen in love with the Scandinavian way of life. It’s our mission to pass this knowledge on to you, providing you with the very best chance of experiencing the magic for yourself on your Northern Lights holiday.
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